Each Quartararo and Bagnaia had been the strongest riders of the Jerez weekend, with the pair beginning 1-2 on the grid – Bagnaia taking pole forward of Quartararo – and exhibiting the strongest race tempo in FP4.
The pair bought off the road evenly, however Quartararo was edged out by Bagnaia and sat behind the Ducati rider for the whole 25-lap race.
Because of his entrance tyre strain going up behind Bagnaia, Quartararo dropped again into clear air at one stage of the race to mount an assault within the closing laps.
However, regardless of ending up 0.285 seconds behind Bagnaia at the chequered flag, Quartararo says it was unimaginable to overhaul the Ducati rider.
“Sure, was troublesome,” Quartararo, who now leads the championship by seven factors, stated of his race. “My purpose was to overhaul Pecco within the first two, three laps. However he was super-fast, was braking super-good and tight.
“So, it was robust and after I was behind him my entrance tyre had the sensation that the entrance strain and entrance temperature was tremendous excessive.
“And I needed to make a small hole to Pecco as a result of I couldn’t experience behind him.
“Then the final laps I gave my finest to strive one thing, nevertheless it was not doable to strive any overtakes as a result of he was super-fast, tremendous constant.
“However I’m actually joyful about this race as a result of our tempo was sturdy.”
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Crew, Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Manufacturing facility Racing
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Quartararo added that a small second at Flip 11 on the ultimate lap led him to name off any last-corner lunge on Bagnaia – although admits an try would have been laborious anyway given how properly the Ducati rider was braking.
“Final lap I used to be pushing like hell, however I attempted to make Flip 11 super-fast to provide a strive on the final nook, however I misplaced the entrance a bit of bit in Flip 11,” he added.
“I stated ‘OK, I’m going slowly’. There was two corners to go, there was no probability to overhaul Pecco within the final nook.
“So, I used to be taking it straightforward within the final two corners however I couldn’t strive as a result of Pecco, when he was alone, he was not behind any riders and it’s significantly better for the entrance tyre.
“However he labored rather well on the primary laps to get this opportunity.”